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Sunday Arts Magazine

15 Jun 2020

Andy Ross talks about his new Album “Fear Engine”

Arts, Performing Arts

Andy Ross talks about his new Album “Fear Engine”

The Fear Engine is an album (and a one hour documentary) made by ex-pat composer/producer/filmmaker ANDY ROSS.

Ross comes from an impeccable musical pedigree. His father, renowned jazz saxophonist,Ronnie Ross, worked with the likes of Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra; taught David Bowie to play sax; and played the famous sax solo on Lou Reed’s ‘Walk on the Wild Side’.

His own credits include working with Paul McCartney, Robert Palmer, Basia and Tom Robinson and writing and producing for the likes of Howard Jones and Martin Grech. Andy was also a founding member of UK group Immaculate Fools.

 

Andy relocated to Australia a while back and has been working away on the documentary film and the album at his seaside home studio.

His project – The Fear Engine – is centred around ten questions which are designed to explore the central theme of the project which Ross describes as “a metaphor for unconscious fears, fears that we all live by”. A hugely ambitious project as he has produced, more or less single handedly an album and an hour long documentary film with this theme in mind. The album includes a collection of ten songs deeply rooted in British rock of the 1970/80s with nods towards the subtle mix of sonic washes and accessible rock sensibility which characterise the work of Pink Floyd, 10cc, Yes, Godley & Creme and Howard Jones – the latter of whom features in the movie and who has worked extensively with Ross. The documentary interleaves interviews with a wide range of thoughtful people with the story of a man who leaves his work and goes searching for meaning in his life.

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